April TBR: it's shaping up to be a busy month!

April 3, 2019

The themes this month are…

  1. ARC April — all month
    • This isn’t an official event, just something I’m doing personally: I’m aiming to read ALMOST nothing but ARCs in April!
      • By “almost”, I’m referring to my rule for the month: for every FIVE (5) review copies I finish, I’m allowing myself ONE (1) backlist/kindle unlimited title!
  2. ContemporApril — all month
  3. O.W.L.s Magical Readathon — all month
    • hosted by Book Roast on youtube — check this twitter thread for details!
      • I decided to go into the HEALER career! I’ll be studying Herbology, Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Transfiguration, Care of Magical Creatures, Ancient Runes, and Muggle Studies. ⚡
You can view a Goodreads shelf of my entire month’s TBR here!

Now, on to my TBR!

I know I have a rule in place for 2019  (“no ARCs on TBRs!”) but I’m allowing myself a singular exception for April.

? = ARC
? = POC rep
? = LGBTQ+ rep
? = ContemporApril
⚡ = O.W.L.s

  • ??? In the Neighborhood of True — Susan Kaplan Carlton
  • ??⚡ Girls on the Verge — Sharon Biggs Waller
    • ⚡ Muggle Studies — contemporary title
  • ?⚡ The Dark Game — Jonathan Janz
    • ⚡ Charms — an adult title
  • ???⚡ Wayward Sisters — anthology
    • ⚡ Herbology — plants on the cover
  • ???⚡ The Right Swipe — Alisha Rai
    • ⚡ Defense Against the Dark Arts — title starting with “R”
  • ???⚡ The Bride Test — Helen Hoang
    • ⚡ Potions — sequel
  • ?⚡ In Darkness, Delight — anthology
    • ⚡ Transfiguration — red on the cover
  • ???⚡ Unbreak Me — Michelle Hazen
    • ⚡ Care of Magical Creatures — land animal on the cover
  • ?⚡ The Raven’s Tale — Cat Winters
    • ⚡ Ancient Runes — retelling

And, for the non-review copies I’m hoping to read as my “rewards”…

  • ?? The Raven Boys — Maggie Stiefvater (REREAD)
    • A friend of mine is hosting a one-per-month series (re)read starting in April!
  • ?? The Foxhole Court — Nora Sakavic
  • ?? Dead Until Dark — Charlaine Harris (REREAD)
    • A GR group I’m in is hosting a buddy (re)read of this and I’ve been meaning to reread it (and finally continue the series) for years!


Leftover from March

  • ???? You Must Not Miss — Katrina Leno
  • ? The Beast’s Heart — Leife Shallcross
  • ? Sorcery of Thorns — Margaret Rogerson


Upcoming ARC Releases

Like usual, here are some upcoming ARC releases I want to read ASAP:

  • ? The Devouring Gray
  • ?? Descendant of the Crane
  • ??? The Princess and the Fangirl
  • ?? Since We Last Spoke
  • ?? You’d Be Mine
  • ? Dreaming Darkly
  • ?? How to Make Friends with the Dark
  • ?? Normal People
  • ??? The Meaning of Birds
  • ? Perihelion Summer
  • ?? The Tiger at Midnight
  • ? A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
  • ? Ragged Alice
  • ?? New Orleans Rush
  • ??? A Prince on Paper
  • ? Little Darlings


Monthly Goals

  • previous month’s goals:
    • start catching up on ARCs ❌
    • kick my fantasy slump ✅
    • play Rakuen 
  1. Like I said, almost nothing but ARCs this month! If I can accomplish that, it’ll help a lot with my ARC TBR and feel like a big accomplishment.
  2. I need to at least somewhat go on an ARC requesting ban! I won’t say I can’t request ANYTHING, but I’m trying to limit it to only the highest priority releases between now and, say, September?
  3. More reviews, less gaps in my posting schedule!


What books on your April TBR are you most excited to read?


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    1. I cannot tell you how excited I am for you to read The Foxhole Court. Please join me in my addiction with this series hahaha.
      You’ve got a ton of great books to read this month! Sincere props for trying to devour all those ARCs this month 😉 If I can kick my weird reading mood then I’ll be joining you there. I have so much to catch up on.

      1. Hahahah you raving about it is what made me decide I FINALLY needed to start it! If you adored it, I just know I’m gonna like it, too. 🙂 and thank you! Lmao, girl, I’ll be happy if I can read even half of those ARCs… I have GOT to kick this slump and it doesn’t help that I’ve been stressing a lot over “real life” stuff lately. I miss when I was younger and could read to escape the stress – now it seems like I can’t read much if I’m unhappy. :/ Sigh. Maybe someday I’ll get back there! Good luck with catching up on yours, too! ♥

        1. I read to escape the stress still, but then I have to keep reading because the stress has grown. So… not a great strategy.
          I think I’ve almost kicked my slump — I read some graphic novels (LOVED FENCE THANK YOU SO MUCH) and now I’m reading Promises in Death– truly, I should have started with In Death, that series is a good palate cleanser.
          I hope something on your list helps you get back in a reading groove!

          1. Yaaaaay! And thank you! I hope so too haha. I tried starting The Devouring Gray and Descendant of the Crane over the last couple of days and I can’t get into either of them. I feel so bad for being late on ARC reviews but I think it’s time I accept that it’s probably better for me to give a book 4-5 stars after it releases than 3 stars before or right when it releases because reading slumps definitely negatively impact my enjoyment of books. 🙁 I just seem to not be in a YA fantasy mood at all lately!

    1. I feel like I’m putting all the books onto my April TBR since I have spring break. I really want to read Kingdom of Ash and some backlist ARCs, but honestly I’m terrible at prioritizing! So whatever I have with me on vacation is fair game! I do want to read a few April releases like Serious Moonlight and If I’m Being Honest as well!
      I hope you have a successful and enjoyable reading month! Can’t wait to see all your reviews!

      1. Ooooh, happy spring break! Is it this week? I know the schools in my area are on break this week but I guess it varies since my college was on break last week instead. 🙂 I hope you get to read everything you want to read this month! ♥♥

    1. I’m really excited about Girls on The Verge, I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

      1. Will do! I started it a couple of days ago and only got a couple of chapters in before setting it aside for a later date. It was intriguing, I just wasn’t in the mood for it quite yet. 🙁

    1. Good luck for sure! I have to alter my plans a bit as I started reading The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst because reading from a Kindle while I ride spin bike is best form and well I pre-ordered that on Kindle long before I ordered the hard cover…lol…lol…. And I’m looking forward to getting back to the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The GR group I’m a member of is reading Book #2, Shadow of Night, this month. I’ve even got my great aunt reading A Discovery of Witches, which she’s enjoying.
      I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the Raven’s Tale as that’s on my list now.

      1. Thank you! And that’s awesome, I’ve never read ADOW but I love that you’ve even gotten family into it. 🙂 I think it makes it more exciting when we can get our loved ones to enjoy books we like. The book community online is great but there’s nothing like a real-life discussion IMO.

        1. I almost forget that I’m supposed to be starting All Souls book 2! Unless you’ve not read it intentionally look into it, you might enjoy it. I was impressed. Sorry I don’t know of any triggers off hand.

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